Hotel Californian

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About Hotel Californian

Impeccable architecture and design, personalized service, ocean views, and inspired cuisine set the stage for your big day. Hotel Californian offers outdoor venues, rooftop spaces featuring panoramic ocean and mountain views, and light-filled indoor venues perfect for your ceremony, reception, and late-night revelry.

Set against the beautiful California Coast and the backdrop of the Santa Ynez mountains, you'd be hard-pressed to find a more picturesque wedding venue in Santa Barbara. With local attractions like world-class wineries, the emerging food and beverage centric Funk Zone, and plenty of hiking and outdoor activities, Hotel Californian welcomes you and your loved ones to a statement-making wedding destination. 

Behind The Brand

What rooms/spaces do you have available for a wedding?

We have a number of unique spaces including our Alhambra Ballroom, Serena Deck, Court of Califia, Court of Fatima, Blackbird restaurant, Shamsah rooftop, and our Mirador rooftop.


How many people can each of these cater for?

Our Alhambra Ballroom, Serena Deck, and the Court of Califia each have a capacity of up to 200 people. The Court of Fatima holds 120 people for a ceremony or 75 for a cocktail reception and 60 for seated dinner. Our Blackbird restaurant’s capacity is 70 seated and up to 100 for a cocktail reception. The intimate Shamsah rooftop is for up to 40 people and the Mirador rooftop will suit larger crowds of up to 180 people at capacity.


Do you offer onsite accommodation?

This immaculate hotel designed by celebrity designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard, has 121 breathtaking guest rooms. We challenge you to find a more perfect place for your memorable day.


What additional features and facilities does your venue offer that couples may find useful?

Our venues allow for complete exclusivity and the Mirador rooftop has sweeping 360-degree views of the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. The unique design of our hotel and spaces creates a stunning background for wedding and wedding-related events, as well as photos. We also provide tables, linens, china, flatware, glassware, gold Chiavari chairs – all included in our pricing.


What type of couple would fall in love with your venue and why?

A couple who is looking for something unique and different. We have a Moroccan-inspired interior design with Spanish Colonial revival architecture.

Editor’s Notes

Why we love it…

Stamped with Martyn Lawrence Bullard’s sophisticated and contemporary interiors, Hotel Californian perfectly blends international inspiration with local history. Set by the beach featuring rooftop pools, in-house spa, and fine dining, this is a place we’d love to unwind and enjoy an extended stay once the celebrations are over.


For the couple…

Looking for a boutique luxury venue and coastal destination that embraces the beauty and vitally of all that is Santa Barbara.


Styling tips…

Mixing glamour and nostalgia requires consideration and refinement. Take cues from the decor and punctuate your color palate with midnight tones. Bring balance to your setting with soft linens, wildly romantic florals and a less is more approach.